Update (June 2013): When we went back recently, we found that the coffee isn’t at all good anymore. When we mentioned that to our friends, they said they sadly had the same experience.
You may have fond memories of Henry Congressional. The people behind HC may or may not be looking to replicate the experience. Perhaps that is the beauty: to let it forever live in its fans’ heads.
But if you still want to support them, the people behind HC have teamed up with Smitten Coffee to open homebodies. Whereas you once had to make your way to the sleepy Holland Grove neighbourhood, homebodies is now right on Boat Quay, albeit on the second floor of a shophouse, right above the minimart (the only minimart along that stretch, if you need a landmark).
When we first went, the banners and spray-on logos were not up yet, but we were very determined. We of course had to ignore the more garish lights and signs for the massage place. We trooped up the stairs and walked in tentatively. We took the seats right next to the windows. They knocked out the facade and plonked in glass, which is not usual for this row of shophouses, but does very well to throw in light and a river view.
The coffee is reassuringly good, and while we miss the more extensive menu HC had, homebodies offers premium hot dogs (S$10) to down your craft beers with. (As for tea, urm, please note that they come in tea bags and at a cost of S$4.5.)
I have since brought several people there for a post-lunch caffeine fix. Everyone was quite happy, except Siew when she got the tea. I am certainly happy for another good coffee place in the Raffles Place area, at least while it is relatively unknown. It is reasonably occupied during lunch hours, though, and I hope they do well.
60A Boat Quay
Opening hours seem to vary, so please check the fb page!
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay / Raffles Place
Nearest bus stop: South Bridge Road